For the second time in five years, Notre Dame has avenged a 38-0 loss to Michigan with a win to remember for the ages at the Stadium.
Monsoon like conditions poured on South Bend before the game--- and returned late in the 2nd quarter-- and Irish head coach Charlie Weis tore his ACL and MCL, but nothing was stopping him from watching his Irish dominate the Maize and Blue en route to a 35-17 win.
Notre Dame is now 2-0. Michigan is 1-2.
Last year, Michigan forced four turnovers on the Irish. This year, Notre Dame returned the favor, taking the ball away from the Maize and Blue six times.
It begin early in the 1st quarter when Brandon Minor fumbled a lateral toss from Steven Threet that was recovered by Brian Smith deep in Michigan's red zone.
Robert Hughes rushed it in from two yards out to give the Irish a 7-0 lead.
On the ensuing kickoff, Michigan fumbled again and walk-on turned scholarship player Mike Anello recovered for the Irish.
Jimmy Clausen then found Duval Kamara for a 10 yard touchdown and just 10 minutes into the game, Notre Dame was up 14-0 just four minutes into the game.
Golden Tate scored on a 48-yard touchdown pass to put the Irish up 21-0. Tate also had a fantastic 60 yard reception to setup a 4th Irish score.
Weis was injured late in the 2nd quarter on a punt return when Irish linebacker John Ryan fell into Weis from behind.
Weis joked afterwards that he finally felt like an athlete and that Tom Brady had nothing on him.
Notre Dame led 28-17 at the half when the rain really began to pour. With Michigan threatening to score in the 3rd, David Bruton forced a fumble that gave the Irish possession.
Then in the 4th, Brian Smith returned a Threet fumble 35 yards for ND's final score.
The Irish will now go on the road to face Michigan State next Saturday.
Notre Dame is looking to start 3-0 for the first time since 2002.